Downtown Tunnel System – 7 Miles of Tunnels Under the City!

Downtown Tunnel MapAddress: Under Downtown Houston. See MAP.
Hours: Usually weekdays 6:00am – 6:00pm
Cost: Free
Appropriate Age: Any age

Our Review:   Under Downtown Houston there is a 7 mile, climate controlled, system of tunnels linking office buildings, hotels, banks, restaurants, retail stores and the Theater District.   Go HERE for a map.  These tunnels are usually open to the public from 6:00am – 6:00pm on weekdays.

The tunnels contain food courts, gift shops, banks, copy centers and more and are mostly located in the basement part of office buildings.  You can enter the tunnels from street level stairs or elevators inside the buildings that are connected by tunnels.  The Wells Fargo Plaza has direct access from the street to the tunnel.

Pictures in Downtown Tunnel in Houston
My kids and I decided that going through the tunnels would be a fun adventure, so we printed out our MAP and headed downtown. We parked at Hermman Park and took our favorite METRORail to the Main Street Square station.

When we got off the train, we walked a block south to where the train goes over the water. (Joe loves this part of the track.) This is right in front of the UBS building. We went in, were greeted by the security guard, and took the elevator to the basement.

UBS Building Houston
Here we found a big food court with Whataburger, Quiznos, Potbelly’s, Wok and Roll, Coffee Beanery, many more restuarants, a gift shop and a copy center. We grabbed a bite to eat and my kids wanted to use the bathroom 3 times in 30 minutes.

The bathrooms are open to the public from 12:00 – 1:30. After that, the restaurants can let you in (and were happy to do so).

Food Court in Tunnels Under Downtown
After lunch we went through the tunnels. The food court is connected to 3 tunnels. We took the Macy’s tunnel and then the Lamar tunnel. My kids thought they were big stuff walking under the city.

Signs in Underground Tunnels in Houston
The tunnels were all marked with guides and it was pretty easy to get through. We had our map and just went up to street level when we were unsure of where we were.

My kids and I recommend this outing. It’s free and it’s not your typical day out. Go see for yourself!



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